Sunday 24th June 2018

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Thy Kingdom Come

June 12, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Thy Kingdom Come

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Eleventh Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Ezek. 17:22-24 2 Cor. 5:6-10 Mark 4:26-34 In the Gospel reading our Lord speaks about the Kingdom of God and to what it might be compared. In this reading the Church gives us, our Lord uses two similes, both having to do with the planting of seeds. In the first the farmer sows the seed, but the seed germinates, sprouts, and produces fruit by itself, apart from the work of the farmer. In the second example, the small mustard seed grows to become so large the birds dwell in its shade. If this is what the Kingdom of God can be compared to, then we have to abstract…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Confirmed To Fight For Truth And Souls

June 11, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Confirmed To Fight For Truth And Souls

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK I gratefully enjoyed the privilege of being delegated by Cardinal Wuerl this month for the purpose of conferring through the traditional rite the Sacrament of Confirmation on several young men of our parish. The traditional rite is, of course, beautiful in the richness of the prayers, but also in the signs used. One of the elements omitted in postconciliar times is what is often called a “slap” given by the confirming bishop on the cheek of the person just confirmed. The traditional “slap” or pat on the cheek was significant for symbolizing the necessity of the newly confirmed to be willing to fight for the faith as newly minted soldiers of Christ. The graces of…Continue Reading

The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… Investigating The Sacrament Of Confession

June 10, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… Investigating The Sacrament Of Confession

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 32 In previous articles we have seen how the Old Testament and the New Testament, as well as the faith of the early Christians, affirm the Sacrament of Confession. And it could not be otherwise. Jesus gave to the apostles the power to forgive sins, and also promised that He would be with His Church till the end of time; He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell with them and within them; if He had allowed a fake sacrament to be administered and received by the faithful for over 1,500 years, then, that would mean the Devil took over the Church and the gates of Hell had prevailed! Then what would have happened to…Continue Reading

Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted For Righteousness’ Sake

June 9, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted For Righteousness’ Sake

By DON FIER In our deliberation last week on the seventh Beatitude: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matt. 5:9), it was observed that St. Thomas Aquinas distinguishes it (along with the sixth Beatitude) as a Beatitude of the contemplative life. In a very real sense, its lived-out practice is a kind of preparation for unending happiness as a citizen of Heaven (cf. Summa Theologiae [STh] I-II, Q. 69, art. 2). The Beatitude of “peacemakers” is linked by Saints Augustine and Thomas to the gift of wisdom. In volume 1 of The Three Ages of the Interior Life (AIL), Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, OP, asserts that the ensuing inspirations of the Holy Spirit “give us…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

June 8, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. I would like to know about Loreto Publications. Is it a trustworthy Catholic publishing house? — J.F., New York. A. Loreto Publications, which is located in Fitzwilliam, N.H., was started in 1999 to publish and distribute “Catholic books designed to aid Catholics in their efforts to convert America to the Catholic religion. . . . We intend to make available only those works that are completely in line with Catholic dogma and morals and to defend and promote the Catholic religion with no compromises.” They say on their website that “all of us who labor in this apostolate with our families are militant Roman Catholics loyal to the Holy Father, faithful to the Magisterium of the Church, and consecrated…Continue Reading

Commencement Address To Thomas Aquinas College… “Witness To The Truth As Jesus Christ Taught It”

June 6, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Commencement Address To Thomas Aquinas College… “Witness To The Truth As Jesus Christ Taught It”

By BISHOP ROBERT C. MORLINO (Editor’s Note: The Most. Rev. Robert C. Morlino, bishop of Madison, Wis., delivered the following commencement address to the graduates of Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, Calif. In his May 12 speech, Bishop Morlino encouraged the new graduates to be countercultural and celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Humanae Vitae. (The speech is reprinted here with the kind permission of Thomas Aquinas College. All rights reserved.) + + + Dear faculty, staff, students, family, and friends: It is an honor to be here with you today. And to you, my dear graduates, congratulations! What a beautiful occasion this is. And what a beautiful setting in which we find ourselves. I. On Truth Most college campuses these…Continue Reading

A House Divided

June 5, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A House Divided

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Tenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Gen. 3:9-15 2 Cor. 4:13-5:1 Mark 3:20-35 In the Gospel reading today our Lord states that if a house is divided against itself, it cannot stand. The context of this statement is the accusation leveled against Jesus that He was driving out demons by Beelzebul. So our Lord said if Satan has risen against himself, he cannot stand; it is the end of him. Unfortunately, the vile creature does not appear to be divided against himself at the present time. Instead, it appears he has been granted a fair amount of leeway to cause havoc for God’s people and for the world. If he has been given this…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Ireland Has Rejected God

June 4, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Ireland Has Rejected God

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK It’s nothing these days for a child to move through the putative Catholic educational system and then graduate with odium fidei, a hatred of the Catholic faith. If you are militantly pro-redefinition of marriage and pro-abortion you have a hatred of the Catholic faith and that is the position of many young people today, including a large number who claim a Catholic education. Or, at least a college education “in the Jesuit tradition.” Such is the fashion, after all. I’ve seen it happen. Expensive Catholic grade school in the right high-priced neighborhood, desirable high school in the right county with the right sports and programs or a boys’ high school in the city which boasts…Continue Reading

The New Testament And The Sacrament Of Confession

June 3, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The New Testament And The Sacrament Of Confession

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 31 In the previous article we have seen how the people of the Old Testament confessed their sins, and how Sacred Scripture admonished them to do so. But to whom did they confess their sins? To the next-door neighbor, the nearest street vendor or to the town motel owner? Not at all. They confessed their sins to the priests, according to the law of Moses. See how Jesus Himself kept the Law of Moses, as we read in the Gospel of St. Luke (17:11-15): “And it came to pass, as He was going to Jerusalem, He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as He entered into a certain town, there met…Continue Reading

Blessed Are The Peacemakers

June 2, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Blessed Are The Peacemakers

By DON FIER In last week’s consideration of the sixth Beatitude: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matt. 5:8), we saw that “the organ for seeing God is the heart” (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth [vol. 1], p. 92). The heart — which is representative of the whole man in biblical language — is the very center of the human person’s affective, moral, and spiritual life. Purity in heart, which indicates that one is unsullied by any trace of self-interest or ulterior motive, is the precondition for the vision of God. In other words, “the heart — the wholeness of man — must be pure, interiorly open and free, in order for man…Continue Reading